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Every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m. on the Ideas Network stations, listeners can hear Joy Cardin talking with a wide variety of guests about issues that matter -- from politics to popular culture. Joy's producers Bill Martens, Robyn Cherry, and Christie Taylor look for knowledgeable guests from different perspectives on state, national and international news and lifestyle topics like healthy living, travel and recreation.

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Jan 31, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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A popular winter attraction in Wisconsin are the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. John’s guest discusses the appeal of these formations.
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Jan 31, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The Grammy nominations this year could indicate that rock ‘n’ roll could be on life support. John’s guest discusses why this is not the case.
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Jan 31, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Fresh off his State of the Union address , President Barack Obama heads to Wisconsin with a focus on job-training. In the Week in Review, John Munson’s guests of opposing political perspectives discuss the president’s ambitions, including the possibility of using executive action to accomplish reforms. Plus, they weigh in on GOP State Senator Dale Schultz’s decision to retire , a new poll showing Gov. Scott Walker widening his lead over Mary Burke , and other top national and state...
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Jan 31, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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A favorite winter time sport is snowmobiling. John’s guest discusses where the best trails are for this activity.
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Jan 30, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Americans have long gotten used to that dreaded feeling in the pit of the stomach when a hospital bill arrives in the mail because of artificial price inflation. John’s guests discuss why this happens and what can be done about it.
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Jan 30, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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A bill that cuts food stamps by $8 billion and ends a direct subsidy to farmers easily passed the House and is in the hands of the Senate. John Munson’s guest agricultural economist discusses what’s in the $1 trillion package, including an expansion of government-backed crop insurance programs, and how it affects farmers and consumers.
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Jan 30, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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After being diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer, John Munson’s guest decided to set forth a personal priority list and help others discover their own as well. He shares the life lessons he’s learned from the triumphs and hardships and discusses why he went on a cross-country journey all on his own.
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Jan 29, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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President Obama has laid out his vision for America following Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. John Munson’s guest political scientist examines what Obama had to say about income inequality and other economic issues, as well as the Republican response.
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Jan 29, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Now that President Obama has defined the state of the union, John Munson’s guests of opposing political perspectives give their reactions. Plus, weigh in on this week’s Big Question: How would you describe the state of the nation?
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Jan 29, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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John Munson's guest shares the leadership lessons she learned from traversing the seven continents and climbing the highest mountains across the globe. She hopes to help us scale life's big peaks and valleys.
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Jan 28, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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There are just as many college students dropping out of college as there are enrolling and now the U.S. is lagging behind their counterparts in college graduation rates. John’s guest talks about strategies to help college students graduate.
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Jan 28, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Governor Scott Walker has opened up a six-point lead over Democrat Mary Burke in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll . John Munson’s guest pollster discusses the race for governor, how Wisconsinites feel about the direction of the state and the outlook for job creation.
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Jan 28, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Tune in for another edition of On Your Money! John Munson and financial planner Kevin McKinley discuss the importance of counting your fiscal blessings, why it’s time to reconsider bond mutual funds, and how to save money on stamps. Plus, he answers your personal finance questions.
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Jan 27, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The war on cancer has been going on for a long time, so long in fact it can seem like everyone has cancer. John’s guest will discuss why this is not the case.
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Jan 27, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The Common Core academic standards were back in the news last week, after state Superintendent Tony Evers vigorously defended them at a state education conference Wednesday. Governor Scott Walker, speaking Friday at the same conference, says he wants to change the standards and make them reflect Wisconsin more. John Munson talks with an education expert about the fight over the standards and what’s at stake.
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Jan 27, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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In the fight against fat, John Munson's guest says the food industry isn't doing us any favors. She exposes the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic and explains how she thinks we can end it.
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Jan 27, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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A rare set of bipartisan measures passed the state Senate with near-unanimous support last week – mental health reforms that would add funding, create programs, and seem to improve access for those in need of treatment. Governor Walker has signaled he will sign the bills into law. John Munson talks with a guest mental health advocate about the impact of the bills and what else is needed in Wisconsin.
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Jan 24, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Spotting a bald eagle is a rare and magical event, but this winter’s early freeze, along with successful breeding programs, are creating numerous opportunities across Wisconsin to sight our national icon. A bald eagle researcher “Tells Joy Where To Go,” to encounter these majestic birds.
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Jan 24, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Even though the unemployment rate has shown steady improvement, millions of children are living in families where a parent is unemployed. Cynthia’s guest discusses the effect of long term unemployment on children.
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Jan 24, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Governor Scott Walker outlined several tax cut initiatives in his State of the State address Wednesday night. In the Week in Review, Cynthia Schuster’s guests of opposing political perspectives discuss whether the plan will succeed at boosting economic growth. They also cover a package of mental health bills that just passed the Legislature, and the latest news on proposed changes to the Common Core education standards.
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Jan 23, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Women still trail men in the corporate sector, corner office and the boardroom and because of this trend they are starting their own businesses. Cynthia’s guest discusses why 2014 will be their breakout year.
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Jan 23, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Cynthia Schuster dissects Wednesday night's State of the State address with two guest legislators and a political scientist.
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Jan 23, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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If you’ve ever listened to music, you’ve probably had the experience of standing in line at the grocery store and suddenly finding your brain stuck on a small portion of a song – whether you like the song or not. Cynthia Schuster talks to a guest about the annoyance of “ear worms,” those repeating snippets of songs that we can’t seem to get out of our heads.
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Jan 22, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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African American and Latino students make up a small percentage of students taking advanced computer science classes in high school. Cynthia’s guest discusses the race and gender divide in the tech field.
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Jan 22, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Governor Scott Walker will deliver the 2014 State of the State address Wednesday night. Following news that the state is running a nearly $1 billion surplus, he’s expected to announce “significant” tax cuts. Cynthia Schuster talks with two political guests about how the state is doing, and what they hope to hear from the Governor’s speech.
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Jan 22, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Cynthia Schuster talks with a guest author who says that while overt racism is mostly gone from politics, coded racism has become a staple of partisan politics over the last several decades – with phrases like “welfare queen” and “food stamp President” taking the place of direct slurs. And, he says, these “dog whistle politics” are hurting the middle class.
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Jan 21, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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It’s been 50 years since the Surgeon General said smoking can kill you, but millions of people still light up. Joy’s guest discusses why people still smoke.
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Jan 21, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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State Senator Kathleen Vinhout has pulled out of the race for governor. Joy’s guest discusses the democrats’ chances of beating Governor Scott Walker with Vinhout out of the race.
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Jan 21, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Join Joy Cardin and financial planner Kevin McKinley for this week's edition of On Your Money. Kevin says travel is one of the best things to spend one's money on. He shares how to do so smartly and affordably and also answers your personal finance questions.
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Jan 20, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Despite the popularity of video games, friends and families still gather around board games. What accounts for the last interest? How do board games continue to evolve and remain relevant? Joy Cardin's guest explains.
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Jan 20, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says she won’t run for governor, and a law prohibiting foreign sales of farmland is once again in the microscope. Joy Cardin discusses these and other state politics stories with Wisconsin Public Radio state government reporter Shawn Johnson.
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Jan 20, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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On Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, what progress has been made for African Americans since the charismatic leader’s death? What threatens the achievements of the Civil Rights movement today? Joy Cardin talks to a guest who is pessimistic about the future of civil rights progress in both Wisconsin and the nation.
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Jan 20, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Governor Scott Walker has said he’ll announce a “significant” tax cut that would help bring a recently announced revenue surplus back to the taxpayers. Joy Cardin talks with a guest from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance who says there’s a better way to use that money than a one-time cut.
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Jan 17, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Wisconsin is part of the “The Great Lakes” and in those “Great Lakes” are great fish. Joy’s guest discusses where to go for the best ice fishing.
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Jan 17, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney grows a beard and it becomes all the rage. Joy’s guest discusses why facial hair is popular these days.
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Jan 17, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The state has a projected revenue surplus coming it’s way, and Governor Walker says he’ll propose major tax cuts as a result. Plus, the latest on a bill that would allow certain workers to work 7 days a week, and more on the Week in Review, with Joy Cardin’s guests from opposing political perspectives.
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Jan 16, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Joy Cardin’s guest shares 50 small changes that can make a huge overall change to well-being, proving that small changes do add up!
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Jan 16, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Fewer than a third of Wisconsinites between ages 18 to 64 got a flu shot last season, one of the worst vaccination rates in the nation. Joy Cardin’s guests from the state Department of Health Services discuss why Wisconsin is lagging behind, the severity of this year’s strain, and address your questions and comments about the flu and vaccines.
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Jan 16, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, include insect-resistant cotton, herbicide-resistant corn, and rice that has been modified to contain more vitamin A. And they remain a subject of intense controversy, from whether we should label them to what place they should have in our food system. Joy Cardin talks to a journalist who has researched the topic extensively, and has concluded that while numerous valid questions remain, GMOs will neither destroy nor save the world.
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Jan 15, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The role of university professors is changing because of 21st century academic infrastructure. Joy’s guest discusses the “deprofessionalization” of academia.
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Jan 15, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Under a Republican bill, manufacturing and retail workers in Wisconsin could offer to work seven consecutive days without a day off. Supporters say it allows workers to make extra money and boost production; opponents worry that employers will force their employees to work more. Joy Cardin’s guests of opposing perspectives discuss this week’s Big Question: Should Wisconsin allow a seven-day work week?
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Jan 15, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The Threshold Singers of Madison sing to people who are seriously ill, dying or grieving. They sing at bedsides in homes, hospitals, hospice centers, or care facilities. Three of the Threshold singers share with Joy Cardin their volition to bring comfort to those who are suffering.
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Jan 14, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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President Obama recently signed into law the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection bill, or CHIMP. Joy Cardin talks with the director of the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world about the impact of the bill on her work and chimps still in captivity across the U.S.
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Jan 14, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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It’s going to be a busy few days for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with his State of the State speech, Florida fundraisers and inauguration coming up – all under the shadow of the George Washington Bridge scandal. Joy Cardin’s guest political scientist from the Garden State discusses the potential damage to Christie’s career, whether he can overcome the challenges, and how this story may play out.
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Jan 14, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The next time it snows, you may be tempted to hire someone to shovel the driveway for you. In this week’s On Your Money, financial planner Kevin McKinley has advice on how to find the right person at the right price for jobs you don’t want to do. He also tells Joy Cardin about some new mail, e-mail and phone scams going around, and how to use a space heater safely and effectively.
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Jan 13, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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End of Life issues have been in the news recently. The 13 year old girl in California, and the pregnant woman in Texas are both on life support but the wishes of their families are different. Joy’s guest discusses how culture and religion can play a part in these decisions.
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Jan 13, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Tune in for the State Capitol Report. Joy Cardin welcomes four state lawmakers to lay out their priorities for Wisconsin in 2014, including jobs, education and other issues.
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Jan 13, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Dogs may be our best friend, but that doesn’t mean we can always understand or communicate with them. Joy Cardin talks to a dog behavior expert about how to interpret confusing canine signals, and train our dogs to be the best pets they can be.
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Jan 10, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Like Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula is a great place to enjoy winter activities. John’s guest tells us where to go to enjoy the UP.
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Jan 10, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Beginning with stories told at childhood, like "The Little Engine That Could," we're taught never to quit. John Munson's guest this hour says these lessons are well-intentioned but wrong. Find out why quitting is actually an important part of achieving our goals and how, exactly, to do it.
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Jan 10, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The University of Wisconsin System has a new president. In the Week in Review, John Munson’s guests of opposing political perspectives discuss the hire by the Board of Regents and the future of the system. Plus, they weigh in on President Obama’s “Promise Zones,” what they hope to hear in this month’s State of the State address, and other top political news stories.
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Jan 9, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Through modern technology, farming has become incredibly efficient, but now a study confirms there is a global impact regarding meat production. John’s guest will discuss what changes need to occur to protect the environment.
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Jan 9, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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In continuation of the “war on poverty,” President Obama is expected to unveil “promise zones” Thursday to help reduce income inequality in America’s poorest communities. John Munson’s guest poverty expert discusses initiatives targeting job creation, housing, law enforcement and education.
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Jan 9, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Most Americans would agree that negativity in the media has risen in recent years. John Munson’s guests discuss how “the outrage industry” works, why Americans are drawn to outrage, and why it’s bad for democracy.
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Jan 8, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, 74 percent of Americans list public speaking as their greatest fear. But how can we conquer that fear to make effective speeches and presentations? John Munson speaks with an expert on public speaking and persuasion.
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Jan 8, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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New York appears poised to become the next state to legalize medical marijuana . Meanwhile, reports say that Colorado’s rollout of recreational marijuana has generally been smooth . John Munson’s guests of opposing perspectives weigh in on this week’s Big Question: Should Wisconsin legalize pot?
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Jan 8, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The year 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a bird that once crossed much of North America in flocks that numbered in the millions or even billions. John Munson’s guest author talks about the rapid extinction of the once-numerous bird, and the implications that has for other species today.
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Jan 7, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Even though inmates make very little mopping floors, or cooking in the kitchen, they’re generous with their meager earnings by donating to a scholarship fund for children of incarcerated parents. Cynthia’s guest discusses this program.
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Jan 7, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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President Obama is expected to hold an event at the White House on Tuesday to urge Congress to extend unemployment insurance benefits for 1.3 million Americans. Cynthia Schuster's first guest explains why he says UI helps jobless people pay the bills and boosts the economy. Her second guest discusses why he says UI benefits are not distributed fairly and are not doing the federal deficit any favors.
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Jan 7, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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It's the first On Your Money of 2014! Cynthia Schuster welcomes financial planner Kevin McKinley to describe some early-in-the-year financial moves to consider. Plus, he advises on choosing a financial adviser, suggests when to use credit and debit cards, and answers your personal finance questions.
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Jan 6, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Scientists estimate that there are 20,000 species on the brink of extinction, from the well-known panda to the more obscure burying beetle. Can we save them all? Where should we focus our efforts? Cynthia Schuster (in for Joy Cardin) and her guest weigh the options.
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Jan 6, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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It may be a quiet session in terms of bills that actually pass the state Legislature. In the State Capitol Report, Cynthia Schuster talks with WPR’s state government reporter about the various issues the Senate will not be taking up in 2014, including drunken driving, abortion and the speed limit.
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Jan 6, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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What if we could cure asthma, not just manage it? Joy's guest, author of "A Cure for Asthma?" shares his research and findings on the epidemic.
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Jan 6, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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The State Capitol Report continues with Cynthia Schuster and her guest from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism . He takes a look at the program that compensates the owners of hunting dogs that are killed by wolves, and how he says tens of thousands of dollars have been given to people who’ve broken state hunting and firearms laws.
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Jan 3, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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– Wisconsinites don’t have the nickname “cheeseheads” for nothing. Wisconsin is known as the “dairy state” for milk and cheese production and Joy’s guest discusses where to buy the best cheese in Wisconsin.
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Jan 3, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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As the weather stays frigid and looks to get worse before it gets better, you might be daydreaming about a warm vacation somewhere south. Joy Cardin and her guest discuss places to travel in 2014, whether it’s to escape the snow or explore something you’ve never seen before.
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Jan 3, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Republicans who control the state Senate don’t seem too keen on taking up a number of bills passed by their Assembly counterparts. In the Week in Review, Joy Cardin’s guests of opposing political perspectives discuss the prospects of anti-abortion measures, tougher drunk driving laws, and a higher speed limit. Plus, they weigh in on the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado, and other top national and state news stories.
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Jan 2, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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With the new year comes, for many people, a resolution to get fit, lose weight, or otherwise be healthier. But how exactly do you begin to get fit, if you’ve never exercised much…or haven’t in a very long time? Joy Cardin talks to a fitness coach about getting started—and sticking with—the goal of physical fitness.
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Jan 2, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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National Democrats say they’re going to make a push to get more female governors elected in 2014, including in Wisconsin. Joy Cardin’s guest political scientist discusses the challenges and opportunities facing women in politics, what they bring to office, and their prospects in the midterm elections.
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Jan 2, 2014 The Joy Cardin Show
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Joy Cardin talks with a leading meditation teacher about finding real happiness at work. They’ll explore being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel and how to manage our time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration.
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#selfie will get you in double-trouble from the masterminds of the 2014 banished words list from Lake Superior State University. Joy Cardin talks with one of the co-compilers of the annual project about why he says “hashtag” and “selfie” need to be outlawed, along with other misused, overused and just plain useless words from the past year.
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With gridlock on a number of issues and approval ratings in the single digits, 2013 was not a good year for Congress. Joy Cardin and her guest political scientist invite you to weigh in on this week's Big Question: What are your New Year's resolutions for our elected officials in Washington, as well as Madison?
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With a brand new year comes the pressure of New Year’s resolutions. Joy Cardin talks with two women who resolved to do one new thing every week for a year. They share fun ideas on getting unstuck and jumpstarting a year of discovery.
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Dec 31, 2013 The Joy Cardin Show
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Ethical Dining Out - We’ve talked about eating food based on where it was grown or how humanely it was produced. But what about the wages or working conditions of those who cook or serve it, or who clean up after you, the customer, leave a restaurant? Joy Cardin talks with an advocate who has helped produce a national guide for restaurant diners who want to eat based on how workers are treated.
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Dec 31, 2013 The Joy Cardin Show
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Top National Stories Of 2013 And A Preview Of 2014 - The botched Obamacare rollout, Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, and the IRS and Benghazi controversies were some of the top national political stories of 2013.  Joy Cardin’s guest political scientist discusses the significance of these and other major issues of the year, and what may come down the pike in 2014.
Topics: Wisconsin Public Radio, The Joy Cardin Show